Here’s how to make a healthier spaghetti dinner! Enjoy all the deliciousness of this classic comfort food even more knowing that you are dialing down the calories and carbs and dialing up the nutrition. This post contains affiliate links. Check out our full disclosure here. We usually have pasta once every couple of weeks…and sometimes…
Do your kids LOVE pasta like mine do? My boys, especially Thing 2, are maybe even a bit overly fond of it! So I am constantly on the lookout for creative things to do with spaghetti. And not just creative, but healthy, too! I figure I might as well cram in as much nutrition as I possibly can. It is not like they are clamoring for their veggies, like on that Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing commercial. (By the way, I tried it. Serving the Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing did NOT make my kids choose cauliflower over ice cream. Go figure.)
So, one night, I was not in the mood to make whatever it was I had planned (can’t even remember what that was now). It was one of those days where the work day had pretty much drained all my energy and maybe even some of my will to live (OK, maybe a SLIGHT exaggeration there, haha!). Even when I am not in the mood, though, the kids still have to eat something for dinner or they get REALLY whiny, therefore I halfheartedly rummaged around in the pantry and fridge for ideas on something fast and easy. I found a box of spaghetti, which was good because boiling water seemed like a task I could still handle even after the long day. In the freezer I found corn and edamame and artichoke hearts, and an idea started to come together. Twenty minutes later, we were sitting down to a great dinner!